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Winners and losers from the 2017 Legislative Session

It was a busy legislative session in Florida this year. State legislators filed about 1,900 bills. Only 12.6 percent, or 234 bills, were passed by both the House and Senate chambers, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“The fewest in at least 20 years,” reports the Sun Sentinel.

“There were three insurance related bills, whether you support them or not, all of them failed,” reports Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s biggest independent auto insurance agency.

Listed below are other successful and unsuccessful proposals politicians had to consider in 2017.


$82.4 billion state budget approved

A plan to build reservoirs south of Lake Okeechobee to treat polluted water before it flows downstream into Florida Bay. This is in response to toxic algae blooms.

Grocery stores and big box stores such as Walmart and Target can sell liquor.503073214_19256215_8col

Ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft cannot be regulated by local governments but establishes statewide requirements for insurance and background checks.

Boat owners who have locator beacons will receive boat registration fee discounts

Parents and school district residents will have an easier time challenging educational material used in classroom instruction or school libraries, including books, pamphlets and presentations a parent finds objectionable, offensive or inappropriate for the age of the student.

More support for students to express their religious beliefs in public schools, while requiring school districts to adopt policies allowing “limited public forums” for students to pray at school events.



The repeal of PIP, personal injury protection as part of car insurance. “A repeal would lower the costs for people who currently carry bodily injury protection as part of their car insurance, but increase it for people with policies covering the minimum,” says Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent car insurance agency.

A bill to repeal Florida’s red light camera law

A requirement that first time DUI offenders have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle.

Ban on the use of disposable plastic bags.

Cities and counties cannot pass new regulations on private homes used as vacation rentals such as Airbnb and HomeAway.

Assignment of Benefits-Changes a policy that allows homeowners in need of property repairs to sign over benefits to contractors, who then pursue payments from insurance companies, to curb litigation claims.

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Ellsworth Buck

Ellsworth Buck

Vice President
GreatFlorida Insurance

Since 2003, Ellsworth has served as Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, a network of independent, franchised insurance agents located throughout Florida. During his tenure he has helped the franchise grow to more than 100 independent locations state wide. He is a 20+ year veteran of the Florida Insurance industry and is a graduate West Virginia University, earning his M.B.A in 1984. He lives with his wife in Stuart, Florida.For more information visit:

955 S Federal Hwy, Suite 101
Stuart, FL

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